Do You Prefer Michiganders Or Michiganians? 2-10-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Do You Prefer Michiganders Or Michiganians? 2-10-2011

It’s a question that has been debated for years and even became a side issue in last fall’s campaign for Governor: Do residents of Michigan consider themselves to be “Michiganders” or “Michiganians?”
A new survey released Thursday by Resch Strategies, a Lansing-based public relations and communications consulting firm, provides an answer. The survey contacted 600 Michigan voters between Jan. 24-27 and asked:
Do you consider yourself a Michigander or a Michiganian?
The result: 58 percent said Michigander with only 12 percent answering Michiganian. Seven percent said both, 11 percent said neither and 12 percent didn’t know.
“So much for a debate. From the U.P. to the D, the Ganders seem to have it,” said Matt Resch, president of Resch Strategies.
While the Michigan Historical Center uses Michiganian on its website, it acknowledges there is no “official” right answer to this question. Recent Govs. Jennifer Granholm and John Engler bucked the public sentiment illustrated in this survey and used Michiganian.
Gov. Rick Snyder, as shown in the results on Election Day, is more in step with current voters and considers himself a Michigander.
“Gov. Snyder apparently knew what his predecessor and opponent didn’t,” said Nick De Leeuw, Resch Strategies’ director of communications. “The 'reinvention of Michigan' apparently encompasses the way we describe ourselves, too.”
In addition, poll results show that Michigander is preferred consistently over all regions of the state. The Flint/Saginaw/Bay City region showed the greatest margins for the Michiganders, registering 69 percent to 4 percent. The Lansing/Mid-Michigan region had the highest percentage of Michiganians, 19, with 46 percent identifying themselves as Michiganders.
The poll was conducted by Marketing Resource Group and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.
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